ZCTU Warn Of National Shutdown In January 2019

The Country’s largest labour representative organisation, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to expect a crippling nationwide strike in January next year.

In an interview with Newsday, ZCTU president Peter Mutasa said workers are facing a bleak future with more companies expected to fold in 2019. Said Mutasa

The country is coming to a total shutdown. We are not pessimistic, but we saw this in 2008 and all the signs are heading towards a second 2008. Unfortunately, in this period, we don’t think that we have leadership. The State is not well coordinated, so we are facing a very serious crisis.

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We think citizens are going to rise to the occasion. For the workers, the ZCTU has given its leadership a mandate that we must coordinate all workers and unions, even those that are not within our federations. We want to unite all unions; unite the poor, the farmers, the students — all the progressive forces and wage
a struggle to force the government to the negotiating table.

This January, workers should just down tools. We should just stop working until there are economic reforms. You have seen what has happened with the doctors; we are going to see teachers doing the same, civil servants — we will be calling on all workers to stop working and demand economic reforms. So it’s going to be a very sensitive January.

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4 comments on “ZCTU Warn Of National Shutdown In January 2019

  1. True, the country has no leadership at the moment. It’s like there is no one at the top at all.

    One wise man once said, ‘Evil thrives not because of the perpetrators but because of the good people who see and choose to do nothing’

  2. I think people should all agree to shut the country down. What are we waiting for. We are suffering everyday anyway. While the ministers are busy demanding to be bought landcruisers. Zimbabwe ministers don’t represent the nation as they should. They represent themselves. How appalling. Shutting down the until things are done the right way is needed urgently. No violence though. Zimbabweans have suffered for nearly half a century now.

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